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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There is a portion of tissue on the bottom of the foot that is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel to the toes and is instrumental in helping the foot flex while walking, running, and completing other daily activities. An injury may cause the plantar fascia to tear, possibly resulting in plantar fasciitis. It may also occur from overuse that can happen from running or standing on uneven surfaces. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation that can cause severe pain and discomfort, and may affect the Achilles tendon in the calf. It may also be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, having an abnormal foot structure, or from weight that has been gained. Common symptoms may include foot pain after sitting or standing for a long period of time, and difficulty in climbing the steps. Additionally, the pain may be more severe after arising in the morning, as the first few steps are taken. If you have foot pain, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis, and guide you toward the correct treatment techniques.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Steven Wells, DPM from Favor Foot Ankle Leg & Wound Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Edison, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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